We have been at the Leriba Lodge in Centurion South Africa for a day now. It is a lovely conference center with a lush tropical feel. They have made an effort here to plant only native species of plants. The food has been wonderful and the service very customer oriented.
I spent some of the day wandering around the facility and taking some pictures, mostly of the pretty flowers and some yellow birds who are busy building homes that look like baskets hanging in the trees. The trees they are building their nest on have very long and mean looking thorns. Why do you think a bird would choose a tree like that to build a nest? I am not too great with identifying birds so I will have to look this one up in a bird guide or on the Internet, but I am going to guess that it is some sort of “weaver bird”.
When I was in 5-7th grades I lived in Hawaii and about 20 years ago I lived in Panama. Both those places were tropical climates and the grounds here and the plants I am seeing remind me of those other places. That brings back fond memories.
Tonight I had ostrich meat. I don’t know why but I was surprised at how tender it was and that it looked like red meat not like chicken. Tomorrow I am going on a tour of Soweto and The Apartheid Museum. I have attached a slideshow of some pictures from around the hotel and the yellow bird and it’s nest.